Peter Faulkner at an  ISME  press briefing in 1998.  PHOTOGRAPH: FRANK MILLER

The demise of Faulkner Export Packaging, which has been run by five generations of the same family since its foundation 150 years ago, is a salient re(...)

John Moran, outgoing secretary general of the Department of Finance. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish companies should be born and killed at a greater frequency if Ireland is to become a truly entrepreneurial culture, the outgoing secretary ge(...)

A minimum of €500 million will be made available in the first year but Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said this could rise to €4 billion over five years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The grandly-titled Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) was unveiled by the Government on Thursday to much fanfare. The idea is that this n(...)

The Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton said the microenterprise fund would provide “up to €90 million in lending to 5,500 businesses which otherwise would not get credit”.

The establishment of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland is the latest measure in an expanding suite aimed at providing credit to small and m(...)

Banks will still need to seek approval from the Central Bank for increases in fees and charges following the  review

The Department of Finance has decided against repealing a section of the Consumer Credit Act 1995, which requires financial institutions to see(...)

Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath said yesterday he believed there was a need for a bank which could focus on investing in capital projects and small and medium enterprises.

The Government has been urged to establish, as a matter of urgency, the strategic investment bank which was promised in the Programme for Government.U(...)

 President Michael D Higgins speaking at the Community garden party at Aras an Uachtarain. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

“These are not the voices of the people of Ireland.”So said President Michael D Higgins over the weekend at a garden party in Áras an Uachtaráin. He w(...)

The cost alcohol increased 4.1 per cent in the year since May 2012 according to the Central Statistics Office. Photo: Bloomberg

Ireland’s headline inflation rate eased marginally in May, to the slowest pace in almost three years, according to new figures from the Central Sta(...)

Some 44 per cent of small and medium businesses seeking credit were refused in the past three months, the ISME Quarterly Bank Watch Survey found.

Willingness on the part of Irish banks to lend to small and medium businesses in Ireland is at its highest recorded level in almost three years as dem(...)

Mark Fielding: ISME chief executive said he was disappointed with the low approvals under the micro-enterprise fund and said it was a shame the department was not keeping track of applications under the credit guarantee scheme. Photograph: Frank Miller

A total of just €5 million has to date been provided under two Government-created loan schemes introduced to provide more than €500 million in finance(...)